I have searched the archives of the forum but it hasn’t came up for at least three years so i thought I’d get a new perspective.
I have once again started to learn Morse. Some may remember i started a while ago but after 6 months life got in the way and i stopped. I had got to learn the alphabet at 15wpm character speed at around 3-5 wpm speed and was onto numbers before i stopped. I am now back to learning it and have quickly got back to characters A-M at the same speed as before after a couple days of listening practice on the way to work. I am also starting a Morse learning course up at the local radio club as a few of us want to learn the code and we have a couple of cw operators at the club.
Anyway thats not what the topic was going to be about
The topic of this thread is to ask all you CW operators what Morse key you use for sota. I want to pick a nice small key or paddle that is a sort of prize to myself once I have mastered enough of the code to try a QRS QSO.
I know there is the palm mini and pico around the £80-90 mark and the black and red Chinese type paddles i can get direct from china via aliexpress for around £32 delivered(these are the same as the Watson and Moonraker ones which are £80 they go by the name of Uniham) but I was wondering what other options are out there that people use?
i know you can make your own but I want to buy myself a prize for fulfilling something in this hobby I have wanted to do for over 10 years but never got round to.
I’m not looking for anything above £100-£120 maximum really so the lovely bengali adventurer is out of my price range.